On this beautiful spring Sunday afternoon in Nashville, Tennessee, Accept guitarist Wolf Hoffmann sits outdoors amidst a mild breeze and chirping birds to talk the life of a metal warrior with Metaholic. This is a fair distance in time and place from the hard German valley from which he hails and first began his days in rock and roll. Still, his metal heart beats like a true Teutonic warrior.
In 2009, Hoffmann and his Accept brethren, Peter Baltes (bass), Herman Frank (guitar) and Stefan Schwarzmann (drums) reunited without former frontman Udo Dirkschneider. Instead the band tapped former TT Quick vocalist Mark Tornillo to lead the way.
Despite skepticism from critics and fans alike, the band unleashed Blood Of The Nations in 2010. The album quickly exploded across the metal scene and became Accept‘s highest charting album. The record was hailed as one of the year’s best, and the following world tour was a huge success.
Last month the band released Stalingrad, the follow-up album and the second with new singer Tornillo. Once again the doubters were ready to write off Blood Of The Nations as a fluke, but Stalingrad finds the band as strong as ever, and the record charted on the Billboard Top 100.
With a new singer and a new perspective the band seems rejuvenated. “This feels like maybe the best period we’ve ever had in Accept, that I can remember,” declares Hoffmann. “We’re having a better vibe in the band, and I think we’re delivering stronger stuff, and the live shows are better than ever. Somehow we’re having a better time than ever.”
Despite Accept’s decades of success and catalog of iconic metal albums, Hoffmann still feels the fire to be the best.
“Every time we make a record and every time we go onstage we have something to prove, I believe. That’s kind of the being an artist. Sort of to prove yourself every night , every album, every product that you deliver you want to do the best you can, and you want to improve upon what you’ve already done. As soon as you stop doing that, I think, it’s over.”
This fall, Accept will team up with fellow German metallers, Kreator for a month-long North American trek labeled the Teutonic Terror Attack. This tour will take them around the U.S. and Canada for a string of 23 dates. You listen to our full interview below and check all the tour dates here.